Safety and rules
As a visitor in the national park, you may pick berries and mushrooms. You may also build a fire with dry branches and twigs or arrange shelter for yourself when you are hiking.
You may park a caravan and set up a winter-fishing hut in designated places. In keeping with the Right of Public Access, you may pitch a tent for one night. You may also bring along your dog when you hike on Kungsleden (the King’s Trail) or go in certain other areas where dogs are permitted. During the first months of the year (January 1-April 30), you must keep your dog on a leash throughout the national park. You may also fish in waters where fishing is permitted if you have purchased a fishing licence.
What you may not do is to:
- Intentionally disturb grazing reindeer as well as the gathering and driving of reindeer
- Damage or take away soil, stones and plants, with the exception of berries and edible mushrooms
- Gather eggs and catch, injure or kill animals
- Hunt and fish unless this is expressly permitted by the regulations
- Bicycle or operate boats and motorised terrain vehicles anywhere except in designated areas and during certain periods
- Ride horseback and bring along dogs anywhere except in designated areas and during certain periods.
On the Laponia website you find out what is involved if you wish to apply for an exemption or permit.
Reindeer husbandry rights, which allow the Sami people to make use of land and water for themselves and their animals, apply throughout the Laponia World Heritage Site – that is, the Sarek, Muddus/Muttos, Padjelanta/Badjelánnda and Stora Sjöfallet/Stuor Muorkke national parks and the Stubbá and Sjávnja nature reserves.
Keep in mind that mobile phone coverage is poor in the mountains. Assume it is not possible to call.